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Sammy Hagar gets the party rollin’
The first round of dates have been announced for Sammy Hagar’s upcoming US tour, which will take the Red Rocker well into next year.
Hagar has a couple of West Coast dates in September before officially kicking off the outing in October at his annual birthday bash in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The initial run of shows will stick close to the South and Midwest through mid-November. Two-night stands are booked in Dallas and St. Louis. Details are listed below.
The full tour is expected to hit 60 cities, with a finale July 12, 2008, in St. Louis, according to a press release.
The shows will open with former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony’s band, Mad Anthony Express, performing early VH numbers and rock classics, followed by Hagar’s Los Tres Gusanos playing his early songs. Hagar and Anthony will then take the stage together as The Other Half (of Van Halen), playing VH tunes from the Hagar era.
The singer/guitarist also plans to stuff his Cabo Wabo Village into the indoor venues on the trek. The Village–filled with bikini-clad girls, bodybuilders, mariachi bands, contests and other attractions–accompanied Hagar on last summer’s outdoor Livin’ It Up! Tour.
Hagar and the Wabos are supporting their latest set, last year’s “Livin’ It Up!,” which comprises party covers like Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar,” and Kenny Chesney’s “One Sip,” alongside originals including “Sam I Am” and “Living on a Coastline.”
Last month, the band released “Livin’ It Up! in St. Louis,” a DVD that includes live footage from the 2006 show, plus interviews, tour footage and music videos. A song from the DVD is streaming at Hagar’s MySpace page.
Last week, Hagar released his new single, “Open,” to rock and classic-rock radio.
Between his solo career, his early stint with Ronnie Montrose and his 11 years with Van Halen, Hagar’s record sales have exceeded 60 million, according to a press release. In March, he was inducted into the Rock and Hall of Fame as a member of Van Halen.
September 2007
15 – Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
29 – Novato, CA – Stafford Lake
October 2007
19 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
20 – Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theatre
23-24 – Dallas, TX – Lakewood Theatre
25 -Tulsa, OK – Brady Theatre
27 – Bloomington, IL – Theatre at US Cellular Coliseum
28 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre
31 – South Bend, IN – Morris Performing Arts Center
November 2007
2 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
4 – Grand Rapids, MI – Devos Hall
6 – Green Bay, WI – Oneida Casino
7 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
10 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
11 – Joliet, IL – Rialto
13-14 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre
16 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
July 2008
12 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium